Types of Termites in Singapore

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Termites (also loosely know as ‘white ants’) in Singapore — probably one of the scariest pests that can greatly diminish our property resale value. They munch and crunch on our buildings, wood and structures as they feed to their heart's content. The worst thing is that their colony will only grow bigger with every food they bring back home! By the time we figured out we have a termite infestation in our homes, the damage might already be done.
There are 3 common lower termite species in Singapore that invades properties. 2 being the major causes of destruction in Singapore!

1. Subterranean Termites



WHERE THEY LIVE

Be it underground and aboveground, as long as there are moisture and soil, their colonies can have as many as 2 million termites. They build tunnels to lock in the darkness and moisture as we travel between the food source and our home. When it’s time to expand our empire, they send winged termites off to start new colonies.


WHAT THEY EAT (AND DESTROY)

We get nutrients from cellulose, the main substance found in wood and plants. We eat anything from rotting wood to books, boxes, and furniture. To get where we want, we can even gnaw our way through plastic pipes.


Signs of Subterranean Termites

Termite Mud Tubes
Damaged Wood Stucture that contains Soil

DO NOT DISTURB THE MUD TUBES

They will migrate & infest other areas
HOW TO STOP THEM
  • Keep wooden furniture/items away from the house structure
  • Fix water leakages immediately
  • Remove and replace infected items after treatment is complete
  • For landed properties, detect termite presence early by installing an advanced monitoring & baiting system Ask IKARI to find out more!

2. Drywood Termites



WHERE THEY LIVE

Unlike the rest, they don’t need moisture or soil to survive. They eat and live in dry wood like wood panels, items, furniture and structures.


WHAT THEY EAT (AND DESTROY)

Their colony only grows up to thousands in numbers. They eat across the wood grain and can destroy wooden support beams to cause serious damage like a collapsing an entire building.


Signs of Drywood Termites

Porous Wood Surfaces
Faecal pellets & small kick holes
HOW TO STOP THEM
  • Ensure wooden items/furniture have been treated for termites before purchasing
  • Fix water leakages immediately
  • Remove and replace infected items after treatment is complete
  • For landed properties, detect termite presence early by installing an advanced monitoring & baiting system Ask IKARI to find out more!

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